• Karl van Eetvelt

    Government needs to help small businesses, says Unizo

    17 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The government needs to step in now and help out small businesses, which are the main victims of the current economic crisis, according to a leading business expert. "There's no time right now for political games," said Karel Van Eetvelt, director-general of Unizo, the organisation representing the self-employed, in its latest "small business barometer". Full story
  • Geeks and the gender gap

    17 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    There are too few girls studying science and technology, and the reason could be the way we praise their performance in primary schools. That's the broad conclusion of a report from the Itinera Institute, a Brussels think-tank, and its researcher Carl Van Keirsbilck. Full story
  • New iPhone could let down customers again

    17 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The launch of the new 3GS iPhone, announced amid much hype two weeks ago, could again disappoint Belgian customers. Initially, the new gadget, which was launched in the US in 2007, took a year to reach Belgium. Full story
  • Beast animation

    Total panic

    16 Jun 2009 by Flanders Today
    Is this an animation studio, I wonder, as my eye falls on a dildo when I enter an industrial building in a suburb of Brussels. Not one, not two, but, well, a lot of dildos. Full story
  • Freight operations move to Leipzig

    More DHL cuts on the way

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    Courier company DHL, which has already moved its headquarters from Zaventem to Leipzig, now plans to move its cargo airline EAT as well, with the loss of 180 of its 310 ground-crew jobs. In addition, 241 office jobs at DHL Express in Diegem could be under threat, although this is still a matter for conjecture, unions admitted. Full story
  • Magna get “pleasant surprise” from Opel Antwerp visit

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    A delegation from the Canadian car-parts company Magna was "pleasantly surprised" by a visit to Opel Antwerp last week, a representative for Opel said. Magna, together with Russia's Sberbank and GAZ, is preparing a takeover of Opel in Europe, and the Antwerp visit was part of a tour of all the company's European plants. Full story
  • The week in figures

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    52,047Kids IDs will have been issued to children under 12 by the start of the school holidays on July 1. The cards are needed for any child who is going abroad. 18,650 cards have been issued, 9,759 await collection, and 23,638 applications have still to be processed. Full story
  • Culture News

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    New radio station MNM is faring less well than Donna, the station it replaced on the dial, according to figures from the VRT, the Flemish public broadcasting authority. At its launch, listening figures for the new station were said to be up 40% compared with its predecessor but, only months later, the shine appears to have worn off.  Full story
  • Peter De Vleeschauwer

    Cop-killing case reopened

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    The prosecutor's office in Dendermonde has taken the rare decision to re-open the case of the murder of police officer Peter De Vleeschauwer, who was kidnapped from the barracks in Sint-Niklaas in November of 1996 and found dead a month later, the victim of an execution-style shooting. Full story
  • News in brief

    16 Jun 2009 by Alan Hope
    A judge in Ghent has placed an injunction on the construction of a GSM mast in Drongen, just west of Ghent. The judge agreed with the plaintiffs, a group of local residents, that the uncertainty surrounding the health effects of GSM transmitters meant that the construction was not in their interest. The mast would have been sited in proximity to a residential area, a primary school and a youth centre.  Full story